A Treasure-chest with mostly unissued performances of the Legends of Jazz
cd 1: Big Bands
We all know how difficult it can be to find the ultimate birthday present for a person who has everything … The only thing we remember him or her might be a bottle of wine gift-wrapped - a not very creative gift ..... in my opinion.
Well! Suppose: You’re an active organization with a thousand inspired classic jazz collectors, which publishes a very popular magazine, Doctor Jazz Magazine, celebrating its 50th birthday ……. And you love to remember your readers with a jubilee present?
Dinnertime for Hungry Collectors ( DJ 010 I II)
Well …. The Doctor Jazz Magazine knows how to feed its friends ….. Recently the released a twofer with mostly unissued performance of the Legends of Jazz (1926-1952), entitled, with a reference to Raymond Scott’s 1937 hit Dinner Music For A Pack of Hungry Cannibals …. ….., Dinnertime for Hungry Collectors.
It was published recently, well designed with an informative booklet (in English) It's first half was dedicated to the Big Bands; the second part got the subtitle: Small Groups and Oddities – A feast for (78-rpm) jazz record collectors.
Don Redman with his orchestra in Betty Boop's Saloon (Still from the Betty Boop's cartoon classic: I Heard (1933)
A 25-course dinner? 25 recording sessions - almost 50 tracks ..... All collector’s items: rare takes, radio transcriptions, test recordings and air cheks ……
Today let's open the dinner with the Big Bands part! The album opened, to my surprise with five tracks all related to the classic “jazzy” Betty Boop cartoons featuring “live” performances by Don Redman : I Heard ( released 1st of September 1933) and Cab Calloway ( The Old Man of the Mountain)( released 4th of August 1933).
I still remember how I found these early great "video-clips avant la letter" … featuring Don Redman, in a white suit, facing the camera, seeming aimlessly conducting his band, performing in front of a drawn Betty Boop’s Saloon ….
The Old Man of the Mountain together with Betty Boop ( 1933)
.... and what about a young Cab Calloway, backed with the band singing his hit tune Old Man of the Mountain, all too dressed in whiteclothes for better contrast and as cartoon caracters in the cartoon itself ...., featuring cartoon star Betty Boop vocalized as a Helen Kane clone thanks to Mae Questel. Whow! the album contains five tracks, excellent transferred by Dutch audio engineer Harry Coster from the original 12-inch metals.
What other big bands are on the menu at the hungry (78rpm) collectors dinner? The bands of Charlie Barnet (1937), Lionel Hampton ( 1952) and the Count Basie Orchestra - the latter was selected because some considered lost recordings recently turned up again and sound engineer Harry Coster restored two tracks .. the most he could make of it ……. But although the sound quality might be not the best hi-fi, Basie’s band played hot and cooking all the time …….
Doctor Jazz Magazine previous released some albums dedicated to Dutch jazz bands from the past, not only interesting for Dutch record collectors, but also sought after by foreign collectors. What to think about The Millers, The Ramblers and het orkest van Dick Willebrandts - all available at the Doctor Jazz website.
MY JAZZ LINKS: Dinnertime For Hungry Collectors
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Fifty years Doctor Jazz Magazine ....... A Jazz Magazine that won't see fifty again .... unique in the world. How should such a 50 year old magazine remember his readers? Doctor Jazz Magazine released a 2cd with mostly unissued performances of the Legends of Jazz (1926-1952) entitled Dinnertime for Hungry Collectors, refering to the 1937 Raymond Scott hit Dinner Music For A Pack of Hungry Cannibals - it's a treasure-chest with unheard recordings from Louis Armstrong and Count Basie up to Don Redman, Adrian Rollini and Jimmie Lunceford ...... a feast for senior (78rpm) jazz record collectors
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